Turtle Soup Beads
Susan Bailey began beading as a teenager and first discovered polymer clay in the late eighties. It wasnâ€™t until she realized the fantastic detail she could get with it before it became her passion. She started dedicating all her time in making beads in 2004. â€œEveryday, itâ€™s like watching a garden of beads blossoming in my studio,â€ Susan says. â€œThere is never a rainy day without a rainbow.â€
Her 2 daughters inspire her everyday and remind her not to lose her love of color and does Susan like color! Both her focal and smaller beads are a riot of every shade in nature and then some. She has her own unique style creating detailed designs in vivid colors. She likes to incorporate glitter for a delicate shine as well as adding gold or silver leave to the clay for a special touch of sparkle. She sees this as her special trademark. All of the beads are sealed individually with an acrylic glaze so that the colors are brilliant and have a beautiful shine.
Susanâ€™s distinctive beads are highly detailed to the point where you see something new practically every time you look at them. As can be expected, her jewelry designs are a potpourri of textures, shapes and color. Check out her website and see the highly imaginative motifs and mixtures. Some of the completed necklaces use literally hundreds of her beads in wild abandon.
One of the reasons Susan likes polymer clay is that it is so much lighter than glass, stone or other media. â€œYou can use a multitude of beads and still not have to worry about the weight.â€